Thursday, October 29, 2015

Two MORE Days!!!  Halloween is almost here!! Have you carved your pumpkin yet?? There are sooo many different ways to make your pumpkin unique.
Remember the days of the basic "Jack-o-Lantern"? The triangle eyes with the toothless smile?
The "Jack-o-Lantern" has come a long ways! From Minions, to Pokemon....the choices are endless...
                                                                              
I wanted to learn about how these orange fruits became so popular... so I of course pulled up my Google and started searching! 
This is what I learned, so, I send a thank you! to the History Channel: 
http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/jack-olantern-history

Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”
In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o’lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack-o’-lanterns.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Well....It's almost Halloween!!!!  What a fun time of year! Ghosts...Goblins... spppoooky!!!! Most people think, white type of flowers could you send for Halloween? Well... there are MANY types of creepy arrangements that can be made for this scary time of year. There is always the ever faithful jack-o-lantern. But if you want to get creative, we can always put a black spider in your vase. Or top off your bouquet with some sticky spider webs! Maybe some black bats? Or a skull centerpiece? Whatever you can come up with, a florist can make it! Did I mention, I LOVE what I do? I love the challenge my customers give me. I enjoy being creative!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

With Fall moving in on us, it's going to be Christmas before we know it.  Nothing says Christmas more than the amazing smell of Christmas pine in a flower shop! But, before I jump too far ahead of things, I wanted to discuss the trends that always seem to recycle.  It seems that the deep dark stoneware has made a comeback!  I'm happy to see it return.  Last fall we saw the stoneware make it's first peek back into popularity.... I guess I just never lost my love for it...So, as we head into the season of pumpkin latte, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin bread, pumpkin EVERYTHING! We seem to see this lovely pottery return. The fresh flowers just compliment the stoneware.  I love the rich warm fall colors. Beautiful orange and golden leaves....Ahhh!


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Petal It Forward was conceived by the Society of American Florists to share the power of flowers, as documented in research by Rutgers University that demonstrated flowers create delight, increase life satisfaction and make people happy. SAF recently surveyed 2,500 U.S. residents and found 88 percent of Americans report that giving flowers makes them feel happy, while 80 percent reported that receiving flowers makes them feel happy.
We are taking "pay it forward" and making it our own with our‪#‎petalitforward‬ campaign! On Oct. 7th, we will randomly present 2 flower bouquets to people throughout Bradenton. Recipients will be asked to #petalitforward by giving one of their bouquets to someone in their life or even a stranger!
Well... We were sooo! Happy to watch the smiles on the faces of the recipients from   #petalitforward!  We LOVE what we do!  Flowers always bring a smile to just about anyone's face. 




Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Hello! Today is #petalitforward!  We will be out & about visiting several places today to hand out TWO bouquets to several people. One for them to keep, one for them to "Petal Forward". Flowers are such a wonderful happy gift! We will update you as to how it goes. Keep an eye on our social networks!

Monday, October 5, 2015


Welcome! Thank you for visiting our blog spot today. As most of you know, (or maybe not) We are a FULL service Flower Shop located in Bradenton Florida. We are owned by two brothers. Steve & Michael Ricker.

Florida Implants since 1960, Steve & Mike grew up in the Bradenton/Palmetto area. In 1975, Mike, after having been employed by Tropical Interiors Greenhouse & Plant Rental, he Partnered with his brother Steve and took the opportunity to purchase the store, They then, converted it to a full service florist. Renaming it,  Tropical Interiors Florist Inc.

Formally located in the Desoto Mall, they decided to move to the busy intersection, of routes 41 & 70. Also known to the locals as 14th street & 53rd Avenue West.

Now being in such a populated and growing area of Bradenton, Tropical Interiors Florist has become a Landmark of the ever growing town of Bradenton Florida.

We have a beautiful 3500 sq ft showroom, with lots of unique gift items and silk flowers. Daily deliveries of Fresh flowers and green plants.

Along with Steve and Mike designing. We have a great staff that is friendly, knowledgeable and experienced. Our driver Charlie,formally a manatee county EMS, has been with us since 2001. He's an expert with directions and knows our area from one end to another! Vonnita is our longest employed designer. She is a spectacular! designer. She has been with us for 20 Years this year.
Jean is our Wedding Consultant and full time designer. She's been with us for a little over a year. Having been a designer for 20+ years. She works close with all our brides to assure every little detail is taken care of. And, now we have Jessica..(This is me!) I am an experienced designer of 29 years and have owned two shops in the Northeast. I came on board for social media and marketing assistance.

We love being in the BEAUTIFUL sunshine state of Florida! We are close to some of the most beautiful Gulf coast lines. (which makes for gorgeous weddings!)

Now, as we head into the Fall season, I hope you will follow our Blog so we can share our Florist experiences thru the Holidays! The Floral industry is such a fun place to be and we invite you to share and learn with us!